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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Seaward PowerPlus 1557 Tester

An innovative new concept for has been introduced to address the issues of efficiency and productivity, leading to a reduction in the number of stages traditionally associated with 17th edition and Part P certification. This unique integrated PowerSolution approach eliminates the need for a multi-function test instrument and separate paper or PDA recording device normally associated with 17th edition test procedures.

It does this with an electronic copy of the inspection and test certificate stored in a combined multi-function electrical tester and data logger.

The lightweight PowerPlus 1557 multifunction tester has been designed for maximum portability and ease of use. Unique onboard electronic certificate software enables test data to be recorded directly by the tester using a replica of the inspection and test certificate which is displayed on the instrument.

During inspection and testing, the user can easily navigate around the onboard electronic certificate. When measured values are required, the appropriate measurement function is automatically enabled and results are automatically placed in the correct certificate fields.

Once all inspection and test data has been collected, the onboard ‘Seaward Certificate Assistant’ will scan the certificate and warn the user if any fields appear to be incomplete or invalid. The certificate assistance also holds many of the commonly used tabulated values, such as earth loop impedance tables, avoiding the need to take bulky reference material onsite.

When inspection and testing is complete, the certificate held inside the PowerPlus 1557 tester can be transferred to the accompanying PC software for the completion of certificates which can be printed or supplied in electronic format to customers in line with the 17th edition wiring regulations.

The Powersolution package eliminates the cumbersome, time consuming and costly practice of recording results on paper or a PDA for subsequent and separate entry onto the certificate.

Included in the test specifications is a non-trip loop test, high current loop test, line impedance test, PFC & PSC tests, automatic RCD testing, earth continuity test, 100V, 250V, 500V and 1000V insulation tests, voltage, frequency and phase rotation measurements.

An optional remote probe with built-in test button is provided for tricky three-handed operation.

The new instrument incorporates USB and Bluetooth download and upload of data to and from PC certification and record keeping system and a wide variety of certificate templates can be loaded into the tester using the accompanying PowerPlus PC software.

The specially developed software program includes all required 17th edition certification and can print onto ECA, NAPIT and NICEIC stationery.

The result is a highly efficient and effective 17th edition testing and certification system with full traceability and reduced likelihood of human error in the recording and transfer of test data.

This in turn provides significantly improved operating efficiencies, greater security and protection of intellectual property

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